Dalling RoadContemporary Home Office, London
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Work smartNot many of us have the luxury of a home office, but with more and more people working from home, it makes sense to have a designated work area. If you’re fed up of laptop, chargers, papers and printer all vying for space with the plates on the kitchen table, how about trying to incorporate something like this office-in-a-cupboard? It can be tucked behind the door at the end of the working day so it looks neat and tidy. Plus, the hideaway design means work isn’t (literally) staring you in the face each time you try to switch off.
Mistake 2: Buying too much storageIt can seem easier to pop to the shops and buy some new boxes for the extra clutter that’s appeared than to make decisions about what stays and what goes. However, the trick to being more organised is to have less stuff to sort out in the first place. The solution: Make sure you declutter first and be realistic about what you have space to keep. Define your storage areas, so everything has a specific place to live. When the overflow starts to creep in again and the space limit has been breached, then you know it’s time for another declutter. Consider having bespoke storage designed so it fits perfectly with your requirements. Also think about adding labels to boxes or shelves to help others in your house stick to the system.
Get a good joinerHere, a neat and functional home-office nook has been built in next to a window. The doors can be closed when the desk isn’t in use, and the built-in banquette to the side creates a lovely and inviting space to sit and relax. This whole joinery piece is a really efficient, attractive and unobtrusive new feature.
Be savvy with space As well as incorporating all of their clients’ aesthetic requirements, designers are also experts at creating hard-working homes that function efficiently. Take the time to eke out every last inch of useful space now, and you’ll save yourself future faff and costly redesigns. This adorable desk is hidden in a kitchen cabinet, but still manages to secure a prime indoor/outdoor position that any office worker would envy.Which favourite design tricks have you employed in your own home? Share your tips in the Comments below.